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  1. Liverpool news conference coming up
  2. Real Madrid's Gareth Bale out of Liverpool game
  3. Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail
  4. India suspend tours to West Indies

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By Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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And, like Brendan Rodgers, we're done.

That's it for another Sportsday. Join our live coverage of tonight's

Champions League action, then be back with us from tomorrow at 08:00. Goodbye.

Brendan Rodgers news conference

Liverpool v Real Madrid

And, to end it all, Rodgers delivered his final answer in Spanish. Nice.

Brendan Rodgers news conference

Liverpool v Real Madrid

"Gareth Bale not playing can be an advantage to us, but Real have a fantastic squad.

"Mario Balotelli was disappointed after the weekend. But, the point I highlighted was that he was in the position to miss. It's only a matter of time before he gets his goals."

Brendan Rodgers news conference

Liverpool v Real Madrid

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a special talent, arguably the best player in the world at the moment. His record is incredible. We have to make a plan to make sure that we cause them problems, but also prepare for the quality players that they have."

Brendan Rodgers news conference

Liverpool v Real Madrid

On Raheem Sterling: "There was probably a lot more made of what happened when he was away with England. He's got wonderful speed and technique. There's no doubt he can produce quality tomorrow evening."

Brendan Rodgers news conference

Liverpool v Real Madrid

"The good thing about this group is that we lift ourselves for the big games. We haven't got to the levels of last season yet, but this is a special game and a special competition. I'm very confident that our team will rise to the standards of playing an outstanding Real Madrid team."

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "I've had a couple of options throughout my career to go to Real, but I've resisted because of the connection I have to Liverpool.

"It may be something I regret and it may have been a challenge, but I would have had more regrets had I left Liverpool."

CSKA Moscow 0-0 Manchester City

In the very odd atmosphere of an empty stadium, Manchester City have begun their Champions League game at CSKA Moscow.

After 15 minutes, there's still no score and you can follow live coverage


Ferguson autobiography update


Sir Alex Ferguson has defended himself against suggestions his successor David Moyes inherited an "antiquated" structure at Manchester United.

In an update of his 2013 autobiography, the former manager also reacts to claims Moyes was hand-picked by him.

"Antiquated was a bizarre description of the structure I left behind," said Ferguson, who was replaced in 2013.

He added: "There appears to be a view out there that there was no process [appointing Moyes]. Nonsense."

QPR row


More from Tony Fernandes: "We regret these issues being played out in public and both Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt have been notified of our disappointment regarding their handling of the situation. I have spoken to them both personally.

"The club's entire focus is now on the Aston Villa fixture next Monday and hopefully after a tough few days we can turn a negative into a positive and build on Sunday's improved display."

Fernandes wades into Redknapp-Taarabt row


QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has issued a statement apologising for the public row between manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Adel Taarabt.

Taarabt issued pictures of his physique after Redknapp accused him of being "three stone overweight", with Redknapp then responding by saying the Moroccan is "the worst professional I have ever come across".

"As a club, we are fully aware of stories in the press over the last few days regarding Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt,"

said Fernandes.

"On behalf of the club, I would like to apologise to the QPR supporters for the embarrassment this has caused and confirm that the issue has been dealt with internally."

Crewe sign Haynes


League One bottom club Crewe Alexandra have signed

Notts County striker Danny Haynes on a month's emergency loan.

The experienced 26-year-old front-man is expected to go straight into the Alex squad for Tuesday night's home date with Peterborough United.

Haynes' arrival follows the signing of fellow forward Febian Brandy from Championship side Rotherham for a further month's loan extension.

Blackburn's Lenihan loaned to Burton


League Two side Burton Albion have signed Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Darragh Lenihan on a month's loan from Blackburn Rovers.

The 20-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, is available to make his Brewers debut against Carlisle on Tuesday.


Liverpool v Real Madrid

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "We have to perform to our maximum to get any kind of result. We have huge respect for them, but it's about how we perform. We know we have to do better."

Perez confident of Force India drive

Formula 1

Sergio Perez
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Sergio Perez is confident he will drive for Force India again next season.

Force India confirmed on Monday that Perez's team-mate Nico Hulkenberg would again form one half of their driver line-up for 2015.

There was no mention of Perez but the 24-year-old Mexican said: "I think in the next week or so it will be done with (regards to) my future. Getting the deal done is now my main priority."

Gebrselassie out of GB event


Ethiopian distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie has

withdrawn from this Sunday's Great South Run.

The 41-year-old was due to make his debut in the event, which is in its 25th year, but setbacks in his training have forced him to pull out.

The news is a double blow for organisers, following the withdrawal of European Championship gold medallist Jo Pavey in the women's race.

McIlroy court case to go ahead


Rory McIlroy
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Golfer Rory McIlroy and his former agent, Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management, have

failed to reach agreement in a legal dispute over fees.

The world number one golfer is suing his former agent and two other companies - Gurteen Limited and Canovan Management Services. It is understood to involve a multi-million euros dispute over fees.

The Commercial Court in Dublin heard efforts to resolve the dispute through mediation had been unsuccessful.

The failure of mediation means the case will go to a full hearing next year.

On this day

Kimi Raikkonen 2007 world champion
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On this day in 2007, Kimi Raikkonen won the Brazilian Grand Prix and with it

the Formula One drivers' championship.

Britain's Lewis Hamilton finished seventh and missed out on the world title, ending the season one point behind Raikkonen.

A few more...

1998: Midfielder Paul Ince was charged with misconduct by the Football Association for making a V-sign after being sent off while on England duty in Sweden.

2003: Martin Leslie was banned for 12 weeks after being found guilty of kneeing an opponent during Scotland's 39-15 Rugby World Cup win over the United States.

2009: Middlesbrough announced they had sacked Gareth Southgate as manager.

Liverpool press conference


Brendan Rodgers is preparing to face the world's media at 16:30 ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash against Real Madrid tomorrow at Anfield.

We'll bring you the best bits from the press conference right here.

Celtic keeper back after attack


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Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska has returned to training after being attacked in the street.

The Pole, 32, suffered facial injuries in the incident, which happened in Ashton Lane in the city's West End.

But Zaluska took part in Celtic's session at their Lennoxtown training ground earlier today.

Man City team news


An hour to go until

Manchester City face CSKA Moscow in a Champions League encounter they dare not lose.

The Blues team to face CSKA is: Hart, Kolarov, Mangala, Kompany (c), Zabaleta, Fernando, Toure, Milner, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Clichy, Sagna, Demichelis, Fernandinho, Navas, Jovetic

Frank Lampard misses the game after injuring his thigh in the weekend win over Tottenham.

City have yet to win a game in this year's competition,

losing to Bayern Munich and
drawing with Roma.

Full coverage of the match on the BBC Sport website.

Brazilian defender suffers stroke


VfL Wolfsburg's Brazilian defender Felipe says he is determined to return to top-flight football, despite revealing that he has suffered a minor stroke.

The 27-year-old says only the quick reactions of Wolfsburg's physio saved his life after he suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) while at home in July as he watched a World Cup match.

"I felt dizzy and knew something wasn't right," he told


Felipe contacted Wolfsburg physio Michele Putaro, who drove straight to the defender's home and raised the alarm.

The player will now take a break from the game, but added: "I am certain that I will return to professional football."

Wozniacki wins endurance test


Caroline Wozniacki has emerged triumphant from that ding-dong of a match at the WTA World Tour Finals in Singapore, beating Maria Sharapova in three sets.

Wozniacki took the decider 6-2 in a match that lasted an exhausting three hours and 14 minutes.

Chelsea duo hope for call-up


Didier Drogba
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Didier Drogba or Loic Remy will start up front for Chelsea when the

Blues face Slovenian champions Maribor at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Drogba has made one start since returning in the summer while Remy, signed from QPR, has started two games.

But one of them could figure because Diego Costa, who has scored nine times, is out with a hamstring injury.

Redknapp hits back in Taarabt row


The feud between Harry Redknapp and his QPR player Adel Taarabt shows no sign of abating any time soon.

After Taarabt defended his fitness following Redknapp's claim that the midfielder was three stone overweight, the Rangers manager has told

the Sun that the Moroccan is "the
worst professional I have ever come across".

"He is not fit to play a game, that's the truth," said Redknapp.

Ah, there's nothing like a harmonious dressing room.

Not so crowded for Man City


More from BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball in Moscow, who tweets: "And apparently this is your attendance for CSKA vs Man City tonight. All going to be a bit weird."


High-rise view


The Champions League game between Man City and CSKA Moscow, which kicks off at 17:00, is being played behind-closed-doors after the Russians were punished for a series of offences, including racist chanting.


"High-rise tower in background is apparently where City fans have rented flat to watch game from tonight,"

tweets BBC 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball.

Key FA man steps down


FA general secretary Alex Horne is to step down in January after 11 years at the organisation.

The 42-year-old joined the FA as finance director in February 2004 and was managing director of Wembley Stadium, overseeing its completion and opening.

He went on to become chief operating officer in May 2008 before taking over the role of general secretary in May 2010.

All square in Singapore


Maria Sharapova
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There is a cracking match going on at the WTA World Tour Finals in Singapore, where Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova are slugging it out in what could be a classic.

Wozniacki took the first set 7-6 (7-4) but Sharapova has just levelled matters, taking the second 7-6 (7-5).

Both players are understandably looking weary. Who will rise to the challenge in the third and deciding set? Guess we'll soon find out.


Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

"From next season, players on the WTA tour will be allowed on court access to data which analyses the way they and their opponent are performing.

"They will be able to study shot direction and serve placement from an authorised mobile device during one of the on court coaching consultations introduced in 2008."

Khan to fight Alexander


Amir Khan
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Amir Khan is set to confirm a bout against American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas on 13 December as he closes in on a fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Khan, who won a unanimous decision over Luis Collazo in May, had previously agreed to fight Alexander in December 2013 before he withdrew in the belief that he was first in line to face Mayweather.

Sunderland offer fans a refund


Sunderland's players will refund supporters the cost of their match ticket following Saturday's crushing

8-0 defeat at Southampton.

In a statement on the

club website, Sunderland skipper John O'Shea said: "We wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone had said

immediately after the Saints defeat that he and his team-mates should reimburse the fans who travelled to the game.

MLS to rival Premier League?


Thierry Henry
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Interesting piece on the BBC website about how Major League Soccer is aiming to compete with the Premier League for top players in the next decade.

Dan Courtemanche, senior vice president of the MLS, said: "One of our goals is to be one of the top leagues in the world by 2022.

"We also want to have world class stars - whether they are from the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America."

Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe are among a raft of players already plying their trade Stateside.

Read the full article by BBC Sport's Richard Conway


Question of Sport answer

Earlier our Question of Sport team posed the followed question:

Since 2000, Serena Williams has won the WTA Tour Final four times, who are the other seven winners?

The answers... Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Petra Kvitova, Amelie Mauresmo and Venus Williams.

Hughes' champion jockey treble

Horse racing

Richard Hughes
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Richard Hughes has effectively been crowned champion jockey for a third time after it emerged Ryan Moore will not be riding in Britain again this season.

Moore led the way in the championship for a large part of the campaign but Hughes has been relentless in his search of winners in recent weeks.

Moore stated some time ago than winning the championship was not a priority for him and that he would be chasing big victories all over the world during the closing weeks of the campaign.

Own goal madness


Quick stat courtesy of

Opta: 'At 5%, a higher proportion of goals have been own goals so far than in any previous Premier League season. Blunders'.

'Arsenal result great' - Huddlestone


Tom Huddlestone
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Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone has described Saturday's

point at Arsenal as a great result - despite the Tigers conceding an equaliser in time-added-on.

"It was a tough game and we were so close to hanging on for all three points," he told Hull City's

website. "But a point away at a team that is fighting for the top four is still a great result nonetheless."

Hull KR sign Boudebza

Rugby league

Hull KR have confirmed the signing of French hooker John Boudebza from Lezignan.

The 24-year-old joins the Robins on a 12-month contract, with the option for a second year at the KC Stadium, and will help plug the gap created by the departure of Josh Hodgson.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: "John has impressed in the competition over in France and, from what I've seen of him, I'm positive he can adapt to playing in Super League."

Trimble out with toe injury

Rugby union

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of the autumn internationals and could miss the Six Nations.

The 30-year-old has suffered ligament damage to his toe and will miss "a period of months" according to his club Ulster.

Cranston signs new Notts County deal


Notts County defender Jordan Cranston has signed a new 18-month contract at Meadow Lane.

The 20-year-old Wolves academy graduate joined the Magpies from Nuneaton in September on a deal until January.

"It's first-team football at the end of the day and I'm delighted to have secured my future,"

said Cranston.